‘Leaning tower’ comes tumbling down

Osage City landmark being razed for railroad bridge

Longtime “leaning tower” owner Soda Popp talks about the structure behind him, being domolished demolished to make way for a second Union Pacific railroad bridge. Popp sold gasoline and refreshments to river users for a number of years. He said he holds a lot of memories from the old place and hated to see it go.

Longtime “leaning tower” owner Soda Popp talks about the structure behind him, being domolished demolished to make way for a second Union Pacific railroad bridge. Popp sold gasoline and refreshments to river users for a number of years. He said he holds a lot of memories from the old place and hated to see it go.

The demolition of an Osage City landmark started Wednesday.

Crews with Hayden Wrecking began demolition of a five-story building on the same piece of land as what is known as the “Leaning Tower of Osage City,” an old grain elevator. It’s an early step in the process of building a $28 million second railroad bridge across the Osage River.

Troy Hughes, high speed rail project manager with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), said crews began working late last week to remove a one-story building that has lead paint.

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